"To improve and protect public health, locally and globally, through excellence in teaching, research, and service."
The Department of Preventive and Social Medicine includes staff who research a very wide range of public health issues, including cancer, injury, infectious diseases, medicine and vaccine safety, health policy, health systems, harm from tobacco and alcohol, child development, biostatistical methods, and international health.
There are a number of major research groups:
- AIDS Epidemiology Group
- Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit
- Centre for Health Systems
- Centre for International Health
- Hugh Adam Cancer Epidemiology Unit
- Injury Prevention Research Unit
- Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit
The Biostatistical Group collaborates with members of the Department and many other University staff on research projects, as well as undertaking research on biostatistical methods.
Two national units contract with the Ministry of Health to undertake monitoring and provide advice to the public on medicine and vaccine safety, and poisoning:
The Department teaches many postgraduate papers in public health, occupational health and research methods. We are also involved in the teaching of medical students and offer undergraduate papers in epidemiology, health promotion, and health policy and politics.
Undergraduate teaching includes:
- Health Science First Year (HSFY)
- Public health and evidence-based practice in the medical programme
- The Minor in Public Health, available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc) or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree.
Postgraduate teaching includes:
- The Diploma in Public Health programme
- The Master of Public Health programme
- Postgraduate qualifications in health management, occupational and industrial health, and postgraduate papers in health science that contribute to other programmes
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine strategic plan 2016-2020:
Healthy Communities, Healthy Lives (Issue 1) (PDF 3 MB)